noun (plural same or yaks)
A large domesticated wild ox with shaggy hair, humped shoulders, and large horns, used in Tibet as a pack animal and for its milk, meat, and hide.
- Genus Bos, family Bovidae; the domesticated B. grunniens, descended from the wild B. mutus, which rarely is still found at high altitude
- Milk products were common in the form of sour cream and butter from cows and yaks.
- Butchers from Tibet come especially to slaughter yaks whose meat is then dried and smoked.
- Their yaks share these high, sunny pastures with blue sheep and plump marmots.
Late 18th century: from Tibetan gyag.
Words that rhyme with yakaback, alack, attack, back, black, brack, clack, claque, crack, Dirac, drack, flack, flak, hack, jack, Kazakh, knack, lack, lakh, mac, mach, Nagorno-Karabakh, pack, pitchblack, plaque, quack, rack, sac, sack, shack, shellac, slack, smack, snack, stack, tach, tack, thwack, track, vac, wack, whack, wrack, Zack
(also yack or yackety-yak) informal
A trivial or unduly persistent conversation.
- He was quick to raise his voice through a cordless microphone to silence the gathering engaged in a yak.
- Certainly the bombast of cable's top yak show host, Bill O'Reilly, seems anything but cool.
- Likewise, Laurie Brereton, Latham's numbers man, occasionally walked the floor to have a yak to colleagues.
verb (yaks, yakking, yakked)[no object] Back to top
Talk at length about trivial or boring subjects.
- All too often, diners get to the table and yack away and make the waitress come back several times.
- So it was easier to let the old blowhard yak away and just nod occasionally.
- This is a sweet fella, wouldn't hurt a soul, but he yaks, and yaks, and yaks.
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